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12:00 AM, May 23, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:56 AM, May 23, 2020

A double struggle

Home ministry official afflicted by dengue and Covid-19

"I'm trying to stay upbeat and move forward in the struggle of life with vigour. God help me win this battle," read a Facebook post by Sharif Mahmud Apu, public relations officer of the home ministry yesterday, after he was diagnosed with both dengue and the novel coronavirus.

"This time, I have to fight dengue and corona together. Only God knows what the consequences will be. But I'm not dejected. I have to live for my two children and the public who I serve," he wrote in the post.

Apu said he was infected with dengue a few days back, and then tested Covid-19 positive on top of it yesterday. He's now in home quarantine, spending his time bedridden and trying to shoulder the shock of his ailments, Apu told The Daily Star.

He went into isolation four days ago as he was feeling feverish. To be on the side of caution, he sent samples for Covid-19 test, which came out positive yesterday.

Apu said he was working in the corona cell of the home ministry even after being diagnosed with dengue.

"Other than office work, I also went out to provide relief in Burichang, Cumilla -- my village home. The coronavirus must have caught up amidst all of this," he said.

Apu is currently being treated at home as per doctors' advise. He has urged all to keep him in their prayers for quick recovery from both diseases.

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